Digital Smile Makeovers ▼

Virtual smile makeovers (dental work simulator) -

This is the hub page for our collection of before-and-after picture sets that we've custom made (for free!) for website visitors, simulating the type of improvements that their own dentist should be able to make toward giving them a more perfect smile.

[Why not submit your own picture for a digital makeover? - It's free!]

What kinds of cases have we simulated?

  • Ever wonder what you would look like with straight teeth? - We have a whole category of makeovers that illustrate the "braces simulator" thing. (link)
  • Or how porcelain veneers (link) or dental crowns (link) can be used to create the perfect smile? We have virtual makeovers that showcase that type of transformation too.

5 ways to pick out digital makeovers from our database of cases.

  1. Recently completed cases. - This group of makeovers covers a wide range of dental conditions and their solutions.

    (Note: If you're considering submitting your own picture for a simulation, looking at our most recent cases can give you an idea of the level of image quality we require.)

  2. Recently viewed cases. - This is a sampling of makeovers that other website visitors have found interesting.
  3. Dental condition and procedure categories. - We've noticed that a lot of our cases are similar, either by way of their initial situation or the procedures used to treat them, so we've organized them into groups.
  4. Applications for cosmetic procedures pages. - We've combined several makeover cases together on individual pages, to explain how specific dental procedures can be used to remedy particular cosmetic problems.
  5. If you'd like, you can also search through our collection of virtual smile makeovers by case title.

1) Recently completed cases.


Improving the outcome of a case via the use of crown lengthening / gum sculpting.

The "before" picture for this virtual makeover is actually the "after" picture...

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a) 'Gum sculpting' - Using a minor surgical procedure to reposition the level of the gum line on a tooth. b) 'Crown lengthening' - A minor surgical procedure used to reposition the gum line on a tooth prior to dental crown placement.

Creating the illusion of straighter, more perfect teeth using dental crowns.

With a lot of the makeover submissions we receive, it's readily apparent to us that...

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a) 'Instant' orthodontics - A makeover showing how dentists can change the apparent alignment of crooked teeth by placing dental crowns. b) Using crowns to idealize tooth shape.

Resolving severe tooth crowding via the use of orthodontic treatment.

With some of the virtual smile makeover submissions we receive, it's rather obvious that...

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a) Orthodontic treatment. - This "before" picture suggests that this person's teeth are generally in good shape, just severely crowded. That makes this case an ideal candidate for being resolved via the use of orthodontic treatment (braces of some sort). a) Tooth stripping. - This case also explains the use of tooth "stripping" (narrowing teeth so they can be realigned into the space that exists).

Replacing deteriorated tooth bonding.

This person submitted their picture for a makeover simulation, stating that they had had the white filling placed on their...

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a) Replacing old tooth bonding. - The white filling on this person's right central incisor has deteriorated. This makeover explains how it might just be replaced with new bonding, or else porcelain veneers.


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2) Cases recently viewed by other website visitors.

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Our most viewed case so far today.

Using dental crowns and veneers to realign and repair worn teeth.

Here's a case where a smile has both tooth wear and alignment issues. The "after" portion of...

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a) Vertical overbite. - This case involves the situation where the person's front teeth overlap significantly. As a result, tooth wear has occurred. b) Dental crowns. - We illustrate the placement of dental crowns with this makeover because they offer great strength characteristics and can be used to improve the apparent alignment of teeth.


3) Smile makeover categories - by dental procedure and condition.


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4) Applications pages - What techniques do we illustrate?

Here's an overview of the types of cosmetic dental procedures we feature in our makeover simulations. With each one, we link to "applications" pages that discuss how that procedure can be used to correct specific types of dental conditions.

a)  Porcelain veneers  (including Lumineers®).

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. These veneers can be an excellent way to make a cosmetic change for a tooth. As compared to dental bonding, they usually look more natural and resist staining better.

As a disadvantage, porcelain veneers are usually more expensive and, if used in the wrong application, can be prone to breaking. Unlike dental bonding, if a porcelain veneer does break, typically the whole veneer must be replaced. They usually cannot be patched or repaired.

View virtual makeover cases that feature porcelain veneers:

b)  Dental crowns.

Dental crowns can be used to make the same type of cosmetic changes for teeth that porcelain veneers can. However, unlike veneers which only cover over the front side of teeth, crowns cup over and encase the entire tooth.

In comparison to porcelain veneers, dental crowns are stronger and more durable. But because making a crown involves trimming away a significant amount of tooth structure, they usually aren't the best choice for making a cosmetic change unless the tooth also requires the non-cosmetic benefits that a crown can provide. Like porcelain veneers, there is typically a fair amount of cost involved when dental crowns are placed.

View smile makeovers that feature dental crowns:

c)  Dental bonding.

The term "dental bonding" can refer to a number of different, yet related, dental techniques. In general, after a tooth's surface has been properly prepared, dental bonding can refer to any process where a dentist attaches white-colored dental filling material to a tooth.

Dental bonding might be used to improve the appearance of an isolated defect on the surface of a tooth, to replace tooth structure that has chipped or broken off, or to repair damage caused by tooth decay. This technique can also be used to resurface the entire front side of a tooth, strictly for cosmetic purposes.

When compared with other cosmetic procedures, dental bonding can be relatively inexpensive. And placing it is completed in a single visit. One disadvantage of dental bonding is that it has a tendency to stain over time and, in general, isn't as lasting or durable as other types of restorations. However, if dental bonding does chip or break it can usually be easily patched or repaired.

View digital makeover cases that feature dental bonding:

d)  Teeth whitening.

Using a teeth-whitening process can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to make a substantial cosmetic improvement with a person's smile. There are a number of different whitening techniques that might be employed, including:

While most tooth-whitening techniques can usually be counted on to produce at least some color change for a person's natural teeth, they will not (with a few exceptions) produce a lightening effect for existing dental work. Additionally, any tooth whitening that is achieved will have a tendency to fade over time.

View smile makeover cases that feature whitening teeth: Home